Muscling Through by J.L. Merrow 4 Stars!
The bigger they come, the harder they fall … in love.
Cambridge academic Larry Morton takes one, alcohol-glazed look at the huge, tattooed man looming in a dark alley, and assumes he’s done for. Moments later he finds himself disarmed — literally and figuratively. Next morning, he can’t rest until he’s apologised to the man who turned out to be more gentle than giant.
Larry’s intrigued to find there’s more to Al Fletcher than meets the eye; he possesses a natural artistic talent that shines through untutored technique. Unfortunately, no one else seems to see the sensitive soul beneath Al’s imposing, scarred, undeniably sexy exterior. Least of all Larry’s class-conscious family, who would like nothing better than to split up this mismatched pair.
It’s deliciously physical, but also much more — which makes Larry’s next task so daunting. Not just convincing his colleagues, friends, and family that their relationship is more than skin deep. It’s convincing Al.
I want to reread this book right now. It made me happy.
It is a grand opposites attract romance and it is full of love and kindness and sexy.
The love story starts with an uncute meet and moves all the way through a very happily even after.’
It is told from Al’s point of view which makes somethings really wonderful but also makes the world a bit muted. I think if Larry’s point of view were woven in the book might be even better.
From Al’s point of view we can’t really tell if he is a super slow processor or something else.
What I love about the book is that kindness counts. Actions of love count. Adoring someone is okay.
It is a sweet tender romance. Wanders off to reread…